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Dibrell Memorial Museum back in business

A local group is resurrecting Dibrell Memorial Museum. Though in existence since 1978, over the years it had grown dormant. Last summer, Dibrell Memorial Museum Inc. formed and reorganized efforts obtaining its 501(c)3 and initiating fundraising efforts. 

The group consists of board member president Linda Parris, vice president Peggy Foster, secretary Joshua Parris, and treasurer Patricia Stubblefield. Other board members are Ann Hutchings, Larry Rankhorn, and Charles Watson. Volunteer membership into museum is welcomed and open to any Dibrell graduate, faculty, staff or family members thereof.

The museum, rich with history, allows visitors to view photos and memorabilia as far back as the late 1800s. This includes trophies and decades of yearbooks.  

In addition to the museum, the group has new plans for the building. It will be available, for a small fee, for the public to rent for special occasions such as Bingo tournaments with the first being held next month. Knitting and crocheting classes will be held in January where participants will have as much one-on-one instruction as possible. 

Ann Hutchings said, “We are trying to get the word out so people will know we are accepting items again. In order to build this building, home demonstration clubs and homemakers raised money selling baked goods in order to build it, and my father donated his time in the building effort. The building is a wonderful asset to the community.”

If you would like more information on renting the facility or becoming a member, please contact Jean Rankhorn at 931-934-2175 or Ann Hutchings at 473-5951.